The Health Benefits of Vietnamese Foods

asfdafasMany of the foods served in Vietnamese restaurants around London are traditional dishes that are made from a combination of herbs, sauces, and other ingredients that give them a unique and satisfying flavour. They are good for you and can add some nutrients that your diet may be lacking. You must not miss trying some of the delicious sauces that will be on your table. You’ll find combinations of lime juice, garlic, chilli, and sugar that deliver a tangy taste that is a bit salty, spicy, and sweet. This will be precisely what you need to dunk, dip, or simply pour onto your entrée. Let’s look at why some Vietnamese foods are good for your health. 

  • Many dishes that you’ll find in a Vietnamese restaurant in London are rich in vitamin E and calcium that you need for healthy teeth and bones. Dishes like Dau Phu are great meat substitutions and can help to prevent osteoporosis and cancer.
  • More fibre in your diet helps your digestive tract. Some Vietnamese dishes contain papaya, bananas, and guava which are all high fibre foods that also add a distinct flavour. Many of these can be used for desserts instead of rich, sugary desserts that cause to you gain weight.
  • If you are feeling as if a cold is coming on, visit your local Vietnamese restaurant in London for their version of chicken noodle soup. Pho is filled with vitamins and nutrients that help boost your immune system. Some types of soup (or Pho) have chilli peppers which will help to sweat your cold out of you faster. Also, if you are feeling ill, you may want to try a Vietnamese rice porridge which can be easily consumed. If you add ginger, it brings up your body temperature and causes sweating.
  • If you are pregnant or just need more calcium in your diet, try a crab or snail dish which are excellent sources for calcium. Combine these dishes with some vegetables and soup and you’ll have a healthy meal that makes you healthier.
  • As a beverage to accompany your entrée, try some green tea that is diluted in water and served with ice. Green tea is filled with antioxidants that can help to prevent cancer. This drink will be much more refreshing and healthier for you since it isn’t loaded with sugar.
  • For dessert you should try lotus seeds which can soothe your jittery nerves and serve as a natural way to reduce insomnia or anxiety. At the end of the meal you can also enjoy pumpkin soup which is light and has the consistency of a broth. This dish has a cleansing effect for your body. Pumpkin soup will give you a satisfied feeling that keeps you from looking for something else to eat soon after the meal has finished. This soup is full of vitamin E and C which can help to alleviate the aches and pains of headaches.


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How to Avoid Hip Fractures in the Elderly

Unfortunately, hip fractures are a common injury among older people and a hip fracture in the elderly can cause significant pain, suffering, and lack of mobility. In order to live a better life, it is essential that seniors protect against hip fracture as much as possible. As a carer for an elderly person, you can help safeguard against the risk of hip fracture. Here are a few health and safety tips to bear in mind if you are a professional carer or looking after a senior relative.


Carry Out a Home Safety Check

As a carer or the relative of an elderly person at risk of hip fracture, it is vitally important that you check the person’s home for risk factors that could increase the likelihood of a fall. Many falls result in hip injury in the elderly. Look at areas like the floor – secure all rugs to the floor, and make sure there are no loose cables or other obstructions. Put slip resistant bath mats in the bath and the shower as well as bars on the sides of the shower if your relative is still bathing by themselves. You should also add a mat in front of the sink in the kitchen. Make sure that regularly used items are within easy reach in kitchen cupboards. And consider installing hand rails on the stairs. Lighting should be sufficient to see in every room and be easy to access. Install automatic movement-sensor lights in hallways, if necessary.


Advise on Footwear

Your relative should be wearing shoes with a good grip, even when inside the house. If slippers are worn, make sure they are well-fitting and have a strong sole with grip. Sandals and badly fitting shoes are dangerous and can cause trips.

Help With Exercise and Diet

According to, it is important that elderly people maintain levels of physical activity to increase flexibility and mobility, and to provide better balance and bone strength. If your relative finds it difficult to walk, invest in specially designed walking frames, and consult your GP to find out about special chair-based and low-impact exercises that are suitable for seniors with mobility problems. Walking aids are useful when getting around the house and outside the home as they can significantly decrease the risk of falls. It is also important that seniors eat a good quality, balanced diet to protect and strengthen bones and maintain general health. Your relative’s carer can put together meal plans that help provide the nutrients they need for optimum health and wellbeing.

Get Eyes Tested

Take your relative for regular eye tests in order to prevent the falls that are associated with not being able to see hazards. If eye problems are encountered, make sure that they wear the correct prescription lenses and if there are changes in eyesight it is important to visit the optician in order to rule out any potential problems.


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